Biro is our first signing, and he illustrates the caliber of players we are beginning to draw interest from. The 9.75m signing comes in and immediately becomes the starter at the defensive-minded center mid position. He’s a 4 star player with 5 star potential that I’m expecting to be a fixture on the first team for years to come.
Roberto Gandola was one of those guys that’s just too good to pass up on a free transfer. He’s got 4 star potential and we’re going to try and mold him into a trequart.
Sergio Giglio is our biggest signing to date. We splashed 14m to land the winger, and for good reason! He’s got the talent to become an immediate impact out on the wing where we need it the most. He’s still got a bit of room to grow to reach his 4.5 star potential and I’m hoping he reaches it. He’s already shown how deadly he is in space with his combination of speed and skill. I’m counting on him to deliver the goods in big games.
Wilson is another athletic winger we brought in. He will pair up quite well with Tom Boyle on the right wing. Boyle has more pace while Wilson has more technical skill. I hope they feed off each other well and drive one another to great results.
Federice Ferroni was brought in for depth down the road. Only 17, the 4PA fullback will have plenty of time to develop before being brought into the first team rotation.
Why bring in another young keeper with Max Oberschmidt already in the fold? Because you can never stockpile too much talent, that’s why! For less than 1.5m, I was more than willing to take a flyer on a 4.5 PA player.
Adriano is a natural right fullback but he’s coming in and starting at left fullback instead. This moves Blair Adams to a reserve role for both Adriano and Saul. Our fullback pairing is now a dangerous combination that can turn on a counterattack in a hurry.
With Chris Devaney not wanting to re-sign as a rotational player, we brought in someone who would. For 1m, Francis Jose is a 4PA player will have no pressure as he’s the 4th option behind starters Ian Lewis, Alex Coleman, and top reserve Rocco Sbravati.
Total money spent – 38m
As you can see, we spent a lot of money in the summer transfer window. All told we dropped 38 million on four new starters, a top rotational player, and several high potential projects. The overall makeup of the team has now taken a decidedly Spanish/South American flair. Six of our signings come from Brazil and another from Argentina. The other two signings come from Italy. In fact, our starting eleven is getting quite the international feel. Our starters hail from Greece, Spain, England, Italy (2), Brazil, Wales (2), Argentina, and Ireland.